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Supreme Court finds N.Y. law violates right to carry guns outside home

By Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow

23 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The US Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a virtually unrestricted right to carry handguns. Three judges dissented, pointing to a grim statistic: nearly 300 mass shootings so far this year.

The Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans generally have a right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense and that a New York law requiring special need for such a permit is too restrictive.

The vote was 6 to 3, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and the court's three liberals in dissent.

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